Posted on January 21, 2020 by Josh Puttock

The New Year is in full swing. You’ve finally adjusted and are back into your working routine – you’ve even managed to regularly visit the gym. Result – we take our hats off to you. However, the gym can sometimes be an intimidating space. And we totally know where you’re coming from.

There are people lifting heavy and sprinting at 17mph without breaking a sweat – it can be a bit of a confidence killer. But please don’t let this worry you. Gyms are designed to be a safe friendly space where everyone and anyone can join in regardless of shape, size and ability.

So, to help you feel more at ease when you’re working out, we’ve put together a list of ways to help you feel less self-conscious and more self-confident.

  1. Make the most of your induction.
    Our friendly team will show you around the gym facilities so you can easily get your bearings. We will walk you through and show you how to use the equipment safely and efficiently. Making the most of your induction really will help banish any of those queries or questions you might not want to ask when you enter by yourself. Let us help you – that’s what our staff are here for!
  1. Go in with a game plan.
    Now you know where everything is and you feel confident using the equipment safely, go in with a game plan. It’ll avoid lots of head-scratching and awkward pauses. By planning a fitness routine in advance, you won’t need to worry about anything other than your own workout. Win win!
  1. Buddy Up.
    You don’t need to fly solo at the gym – doubling up with a friend or a buddy is one of the easiest ways to make the gym feel less scary. Not only will it help with confidence, but it’s also a proven way to keep you motivated and accountable. You’ll notice right away how much more at easy you are, and you never know, you might be helping to reduce your their gym anxiety too!
  1. Join a class.
    The best part of a class is that instructors will guide you every step of the way. They’ll teach you routines, movements, technique and so much more. It can be a fantastic way to reduce those pre-gym nerves because the workout is totally in their hands. All you have to do is follow and smile! Instructors love that.
  1. Focus on yourself.
    It can be disheartening seeing the person next to you running faster or lifting heavier but remember every single person in that gym has been in the same position as you. Stay focused on your goals and block out what anyone else is doing. Although it may feel like people are watching, 99.9% of the time, people are so busy concentrating on their own workouts they don’t notice what anyone else is doing.

 

 

By Amy Cousins – Health & Fitness Blogger